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Recent news releases and decisions on ASIRT investigations.

  • June 14, 2021

    On June 7, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 35-year-old man who went into medical distress while in custody at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Airdrie detachment, and was subsequently pronounced deceased that same day in hospital.

  • June 11, 2021

    On June 6, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officer-involved shooting that took place shortly before midnight the previous day. During that incident, a 33-year-old man sustained a fatal gunshot wound.

  • June 8, 2021

    On June 5, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident where a member of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) discharged a service firearm during an encounter with two men. Following the incident, a 31-year-old man was determined to have sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

  • June 1, 2021

    On May 28, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an encounter between members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and a 50-year-old man, who subsequently went into medical distress. Officers had been sent to assist Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel.

  • May 27, 2021

    On May 24, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that took place that same day in Red Deer, and resulted in the death of a 46-year-old man.

  • May 27, 2021

    This incident references conduct of a 17-year-old young person as defined by the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). Pursuant to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, it is an offence to publish the name of a young person charged with or convicted of an offence and/or any information that would tend to identify them.

  • May 14, 2021

    On May 11, 2021, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the potential mishandling of evidence by a member of the Lethbridge Police Service (LPS).

  • May 10, 2021

    On May 7, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 26-year-old man who died while in the custody of the Lloydminster Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) that same day.

  • May 3, 2021

    On May 1, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officer-involved shooting that took place that same day and resulted in serious injury to a 36-year-old man.

  • April 27, 2021

    On April 24, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding serious injuries sustained during a collision between a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) vehicle and a 28-year-old man on a bicycle.

  • April 26, 2021

    On April 20, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a 19-year-old man by members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) that took place that same day and resulted in an injury.

  • April 7, 2021

    On April 10, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 27-year-old man who was shot and killed during an encounter with a Calgary Police Service (CPS) officer shortly before midnight during what is believed to have been an attempted robbery.

  • April 7, 2021

    On April 29, 2019, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding injuries sustained by a 33-year-old man during his arrest by members of the Lloydminster RCMP that same date.

  • April 6, 2021

    On April 3, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that occurred that same day on the O’Chiese First Nation, and which resulted in the death of a 24-year-old man.

  • April 6, 2021

    On the afternoon of March 25, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the apprehension and arrest of a 39-year-old man. On that date, the Edmonton Police Service made a 46.1 notification to the Director of Law Enforcement regarding an arrest that had occurred on March 23 during which force was used.

  • March 8, 2021

    On Feb. 28, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a serious injury sustained by a 39-year-old man following contact with members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS).

  • March 4, 2021

    On March 3, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 20-year-old woman during an encounter with members of the Calgary Police Service (CPS).

  • March 2, 2021

    On Feb. 24, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 43-year-old man who died during contact with members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and hospital peace officers, in addition to medical personnel.

  • February 24, 2021

    On Feb. 4, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate an alleged sexual assault involving a member of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS).

  • February 9, 2021

    On Feb. 3, 2021, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a series of potentially unauthorized uses of police databases by members of the Lethbridge Police Service (LPS).

  • February 9, 2021

    On Feb. 8, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 26-year-old man who died while being held in custody at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment in Grande Prairie.

  • February 8, 2021

    On Feb. 6, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 36-year-old man who died while in police custody.

  • February 5, 2021

    On Jan. 31, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a 38-year-old man who went into medical distress while in police custody.

  • January 25, 2021

    On Jan. 22, 2021, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident where one member of the Cold Lake Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) discharged a firearm during the arrest of a 24-year-old man.

  • January 25, 2021

    On Feb. 26, 2020, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an alleged 2018 sexual assault by a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

  • January 11, 2021

    On June 12, 2019, ASIRT was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident on June 7, 2019, involving the discharge of a service pistol that occurred at the Edmonton Police Service William Nixon Training Centre. ASIRT’s investigation is now complete.

  • December 14, 2020

    On Dec. 12, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a single-vehicle collision that took place that same day, and which followed an attempted vehicle stop by members of the Calgary Police Service (CPS). The collision resulted in the deaths of two pedestrians and serious injury to the 52-year-old driver of the vehicle.

  • December 10, 2020

    On Dec. 9, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an arrest by members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) that took place that day and resulted in serious injury to an 18-year-old man.

  • December 9, 2020

    On Dec. 8, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 28-year-old man, who died the same day following an incident involving Grande Prairie RCMP.

  • November 20, 2020

    On Nov. 19, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 19-year-old man that occurred that same day during contact with members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS).

News archive

View any news release issued by ASIRT:

Timing

ASIRT issues a news release and, in time-sensitive situations, a tweet:

  • after the province’s director of law enforcement assigns ASIRT a file
  • at the conclusion of an ASIRT investigation

Exceptions

ASIRT’s executive director chooses when to issue news releases or tweets for investigations into Alberta police officers whose conduct:

  • may have caused serious injuries
  • may have caused death
  • has led to sexual assault allegations

Balancing transparency

When ASIRT issues a news release or tweet, the team strives to:

  • disclose as much information as possible to the public
  • protect the confidentiality of witnesses
  • guard the privacy rights of those involved
  • maintain the integrity of investigations

Revealing names

In its news releases and tweets, ASIRT does not usually include the names of people who have:

  • died
  • been seriously injured

Exceptions

ASIRT may reveal a person's identity in a news release or tweet based on:

  • the circumstances surrounding the incident
  • a combination of other factors, such as the:
    • requirements of an investigation
    • person's position on their name being released
    • family's position on the name of their deceased relative being released
    • person's age
    • person's name already being in the public domain
    • stage of an investigation
    • limitations imposed by law – Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act, etc.